Posted on | February 17, 2013 | Category: News
Photo: Erik Borg
The favourites Russia won the women’s relay, but it was close – Sweden finished just 12 seconds behind. In the men’s race the gap was 21 seconds between first and second, Norway just ahead of Russia as had been the case more or less throughout the race.
Russia’s first team of Anastasia Kravchenko, Polina Malchikova and Tatyana Kozlova dominated the women’s race, but Sweden’s Tove Alexandersson put in an impressive performance on the second leg to bring Sweden up 4 places to second, just less than a minute behind Russia. Josefine Engström on last leg got in touch with the leader but was unable to catch her. Norway’s Audhild Bakken Rognstad on the last leg also caught attention today in bringing the Norwegian team up from 5th place to take the bronze medal, passing Finland and also Russia’s second team.
Photo: Erik Borg
In the men’s race Norway won impressively over two strong Russian teams. Ove Sætra led for Norway by 26 seconds at the end of the first leg, and Lars Hol Moholdt and Hans Jørgen Kvåle kept Norway in front to the end. Finland took the bronze medals. The Swedish team was out of the race early on; Martin Hammarberg mis-punched on the first leg.
This was the last race in the European Championships, and competitors now look forward to the World Championships in Kazakhstan which start on 4th March.
Leading results (provisional)
- Russia 1 (Anastasia Kravchenko, Polina Malchikova & Tatyana Kozlova) 1:20:30
- Sweden 1 (Magdalena Olsson, Tove Alexandersson, Josefine Engström) 1:20:42
- Norway (Christina Hellberg, Maren Jansson Haverstad, Audhild Bakken Rognstad) 1:23:18
- Norway (Ove Sætra, Lars Hol Moholdt, Hans Jørgen Kvåle) 1:38:18
- Russia 1 (Vladimir Barchukov, Kiril Veselov, Andrei Lamov) 1:38:39
- Finland 1 (Janne Hakkinen, Ville-Petteri Saarela, Staffan Tunis) 1:44:12
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